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Royal Caribbean Temporarily Suspends New Cruise Bookings Until Jan. 10

Royal Caribbean - 10 night Hawaii Cruise, Vancouver to Oahu

Royal Caribbean – 10 night Hawaii Cruise, Vancouver to Oahu

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Royal Caribbean will not be accepting new bookings on cruises departing in the next few weeks, the cruise line confirmed to Travel + Leisure on Thursday.

“Cruises departing through early January 2022 are unavailable to new reservations because our ships will continue sailing with a limited capacity to accommodate physical distancing,” the cruise line said in a statement to T+L. “These sailings were removed from our website as we’ve done with previous cruises in 2021.”

The earliest departure date available on the Royal Caribbean website is Jan. 10, , Royal Caribbean shared on Twitter. Customers who already have bookings between now and then will still be able to make upgrades and room changes.

“Additional layers of our measures include vaccination requirements for our guests and crew, a facemask policy, pre-cruise testing for all guests, and

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Norwegian Cruise Line Launches ‘Greatest Deal Ever’ With up to 70% Off a Second Guest Fare, Free Open Bar, and More

Norwegian Cruise Line is making booking a cruise even sweeter with a new sale the company is calling the “Greatest Deal Ever.”

Starting Tuesday, the cruise line will offer anyone who books a trip 70% off a second guest fare as well as access to seven other free offers: free open bar, free specialty dining, free shore excursion credits, free Wi-Fi, discounted rates for friends and family, free roundtrip airfare for the second guest, and a $250 CruiseFirst certificate to use towards a future cruise.

The massive sale comes as the company is expanding its offerings, allowing people to book cruises through summer 2024 with what it called the most itineraries in Norwegian’s history. Norwegian will also plan to homeport in two new destinations for the company: Haifa, Israel, and La Romana, Dominican Republic.

“We are proud to be able to provide our guests with an even greater

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This Slow River Cruise Down Thailand’s Chao Praya Is a Journey Back in Time

Even after living in Bangkok for nine years, I rarely, if ever, leave the city by river. I am an anomaly, historically speaking, since the Thai capital was built around a network of canals fanning out from the Chao Phraya—the sacred waterway that flows from the city of Nakhon Sawan, in the country’s center, through Bangkok and out into the Gulf of Thailand. The Thai word for “river,” maenam, literally translates as “mother water,” and reveals the culture’s reverence for waterways as the centerpiece of life. For centuries, civilization has evolved around the majestic Chao Phraya.

So on a cruise run by Loy Pela Voyages last November, I felt a palpable sense of history as the boat plowed through sheets of hyacinths on the water’s surface and passed the low-slung rice barges that still constantly ply the route. To leave Bangkok this way is to realize how ephemeral much

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Norwegian Cruise Line Extends Vaccine Requirement Through End of 2021

The Norwegian Bliss cruise ship sails in the Hudson River

The Norwegian Bliss cruise ship sails in the Hudson River

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Norwegian Cruise Line will require all passengers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before boarding at least through the end of the year.

“Under the guidance of globally recognized public health experts and to prioritize the health and safety of our guests, crew, and the communities we visit, we have decided to extend guest vaccination requirements for all sailings through December 31, 2021,” Norwegian Cruise Line spokesperson confirmed to Travel + Leisure on Thursday. “Guests who are not old enough to be vaccinated will not be allowed on these sailings. However, we eagerly await an expansion of the age criteria for vaccinations by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration so we can once again welcome these guests back on board.

Children younger than 12 are still not yet permitted to receive the vaccine.

Norwegian announced its vaccination

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